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SIGMA

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Still a bit absent here, still relatively active on instagram and facebook, so either way those recent drawings can be some news!
I've designed 13 armors from a part of the "Alpha-Omega series" in collaboration with Guiler-717. His 14 armors plus mine make all the alphabet (and if you guessed it right, the additional letters from numeral system). The whole project will be posted at my behance soon.

Background Story:
SIGMA
Created by Ulhaden Corp. in 2000
Power: Heat resistance, auto-combustion, Fire Control, Fire Projection, controlled explosions
Has a titanium sword pommel and a Xnobius Core.
Current user: Vitor Manfredi (IT-GE)

Currently owned by the private institution known as AXIS Military Academy, which mission is protect Tredius from demon-related threats (actually, an initiative by Ulhaden Corp & ABEL Inc, two major weapon industries that have created the Alpha-Omega series armors. The AXIS is more likely an academy for young bounty hunters who're unknowingly testing a likely inhuman technology, and doing the dirty job for the UN to "cleanse" everything dangerous that escapes its hidden slave pits)

About the pilot:
"Vito" is the heir of a wealthy Lacian family, orphaned at age 9, took under the care of Jorgen Z, Ulhaden's CEO who lives in Teutonia.
He's a veteran who's an idealist with conservative values, developing some phobias and feeling unsafe or at pressure at certain moments, in heights of discussion concerning his views. He lashes his anxiety on the missions, having little to none consideration to his enemies, while showing some obsessive desires for what he aims for (from love-interests to jobs and titles). He sees himself as an avenger, leaving his spare time to rest and imagine his ideal land, the land of his ancestors. He sees the formation of a strong empire as in a "timelessness need".
He feels betrayed when previously anarchist groups start using Reconstructionist Pagan Pan-Slavic motifs and discourses, since he regards them as a minority with no place in the decision-making spheres of Europe, acting ignorant of the fluidity of symbols' re-significance and how they are used by politics. His views on ethnocentrism walks on the contrary of progressist ideas, and he uses a personal blog to promote his politics with un-reliable information and lots of bias. He will often blackmail institutions and support them to exploit other continents, following some conservative agendas without critical thinking.
He's a xenophobe, despite AXIS multiracial and multicultural policies. He hides this, though, since he's socially awkward, so people will often confound his "hate" (expressed as dislike or uneasiness) of others with problems of his own upbringing. That's re-inforced since he often take classes from distance, which gives less room for he to develop bond with other students.
He's spoiled (economically), likes he to admit that or not. In truth, his stepfather despise him and see him as a nuisance, despite his worsip for standard familiar values. That because despite his opinions on economy and politics, most of things "were handed to him on a plate" (except things which could never be: such as sociability and experience). Even though historically, his stepfather had investments to begin with, he was considerably a trend-setter, and acted on serious difficult missions to keep secure his belical economy, while Vitor's more a talker than a soldier. With Sigma's awesome power, plus his inhumane disgust of enemies, it wasn't hard to make him a fearsome combatant.
His only friend would be Klaus, who's too busy to even consider him a friend. He tries to see similarities on them, being orphans living on Teutonia under harsh conditions (while Klaus lived on streets, his major problem was getting along with friends or family, and controlling his anxiety and phobias). In fact, he sees friendship more likely as an allegiance to be earned according to the others' political affinities (even though he sees Klaus being an orphan like him as this "common point"). As so, he likes to see that more of a healthy rivalry (needless to say, Klaus has his own concerns so he ignores Vitor's opinions, views and ideals, being disgust by the sound of "pity" this "rivalry" has). He struggles to get at his physical best, but it is often hinted he has asthma or some other condition. He is tutored by professor Marco very often, who being Jorgen's right hand, is arguably more a patron of his than his busy, careless, somewhat dangerous stepfather. While not a Teutonian himself, Vitor has his own idea concerning an "Imperial Europe" where Lacians and Teutonians could be great again. Considered dangerous by fellow soldiers, he's in a status of exile as much as the new-comer Nick, who has his own "polemic" conservative ideas.


This side-project* consist of a series of armors and high tech gear developed by two distinct fictional enterprises and some "un-invited guests", all products of a previous project for an ultimate soldier. Different directions and results led to new analysis on the powers, which culminated in armors containing from elemental-based to physical enhacement and even space-time warping powers.
To house such classified average-tested armors at the disposal of something other than the belicous enterprises, a joint was formed, in no better facade as a school on its own: The AXIS Military Academy is like a school grounds for combatants, tacticians and fellows from other areas of human knowledge of greatest need in the likes of an upcoming catastrophe (such as healing, surviving, leading and fixing - to illustrate it better, it was officially formed around the turn of the millennium, and they're constantly warned about the changes in the world, politically and geographically).
To make things more dubious, a secret group of students are given the alphabetic, lettered armors (the others are given any of numeric value and with regular powers from a production-line), once they've matched the required specs to wear them. Constantly tested, sometimes it's in the grades (solving complex systems and having prowess of thinking in possibilities and achieving deductions), in the physical prowess (swimming, running, etc) or through good old duels between two or more students that seem fit (with the loser having no knowledge of the armor it was ever entitled to wear). The school has a corpus of teachers which inherited some armors and others that develop new ones. They can choose to tutor a specific student from the alphabet series of armors, and will regularly form squads in the eternal hunt for missions no other soldier are trusted with.
An example of mission was to find the reasons of a mass-murder in the venice coast. The goal would be both to find the culprit and neutralize it. Many agents would be required.

*- Even though having its own cast of characters, the events from the APKALLU Mythos affects them directly. This focus on the relations between the teenagers and young adults who wears the armors to hunt "demons", the other on a pre-teen who himself is arguably "half-demon".

Hope you like it!
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